Tonight I received this heartwarming message from an 18 year old girl that lives in Australia. I think that as I find messages, I will post them anonymously so that we can all get an understanding about how far reaching Amanda’s story has gotten. That is the Legacy. What she has told us. What her story is continuing to do for the world.
Today I was also doing some therapy shopping. I love kitchen gadget stores so that’s what today was. Earlier on Facebook I shared that I was at Costco and there were so many people. I tend to overshop at Costco so today Rob didn’t get a buggy for me. 😦 The saying went – ‘If you can’t carry it, you don’t get it.’ Hmmm… not sure I like that one. But … when I was at Bed, Bath & Beyond, hurray, we got a buggie. I filled it with house gadgets including cute and pretty ornamental lighted tree branches (not real). It now lights up beside Amanda. But when I was in the store, a woman saw me and asked that question ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere?’ Uh oh — I think. I asked her is she was from PoCo. She said yes. I asked her if she had kids that went to school. She said no. She just kept saying I looked familiar. Then I had to tell her. Yup, that was it — the news of Amanda. She told me how Amanda’s story (and myself) were making an impact. I asked her if Amanda’s story was presumably causing more angst with the contagion effect of suicide. She said not to her knowledge. What she said next was interesting – that the conversations need to happen about bullying, social media, mental health and ultimately suicide. Young people and their families need the awareness and education. They ALSO need the SUPPORTS. On a weekend where I wondered if Amanda’s Legacy was hurtful or helpful, I walked out of that store feeling much better. So no matter what the differences in opinions, we all have to do what is RIGHT!!!